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This Groupon gets you admission to three limited-engagement shows at Theater J, the “premier theater for premieres,” according to the New York Times. That’s three powerful plays at the progressive Jewish theater that has premiered works by Joyce Carol Oates, Ariel Dorfman, and Robert Brustein. Last year, the theater won the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline; this year a Theater J production won the 2009 Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play; next year the theater will win the 2010 Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Samuel L. Jackson Award for Best Use of Juggling as a Narrative Device. A thoughtful holiday gift for theater-lovers, this Groupon is good for Wednesday and Thursday evening shows. Call Theater J to schedule your preferred dates.
Performing in the 236-seat Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, Theater J produces thought-provoking, passionate, and entertaining plays that celebrate the urban voice and social vision of Jewish culture. You get one ticket to each of the following limited-engagement shows:
Judy Gold is Mommy Queerest!, December 16–January 3: A hilarious memoir featuring original music and the incomparable Judy Gold’s take on anti-depressants, nursing homes, and life as a working gay mom with two boys in NYC.
Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, March 6–March 21: Josh Kombluth wrestles Warhol’s pop art to uncover spiritual depth and religious identity in the artist who painted such important Jewish figures as Einstein, Gershwin, and Golda.
In Darfur, March 31–April 18: True tales of the Sudanese genocide, questionable journalistic ethics, and humanitarian exigency inform this well-researched and moving performance.
The New York Times and the Washington Post usually review Theater J’s performances individually (like this review). Here’s what they said about the place in general: > * What theater could play host to all these well-connected productions? Of all places, Theater J, an intimate 236-seat space at the D.C. Jewish Community Center. Despite a staff of just seven and a yearly budget of less than $1 million, Theater J and Ari Roth, its artistic director, offer a rare mix of professional polish, thoughtful dramaturgy and nervy experimentation – all in a spot just far enough off the New York radar for a playwright to relax. – Trey Graham, New York Times > * In its first 10 years, Theater J, the professional theater group of the D.C. Jewish Community Center, has developed a solid reputation for producing thought-provoking plays. What’s more, the quality of the offerings seems to get better and better under Artistic Director Ari Roth. – Brad Hathaway, Washington Post
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